Fees and Funding

Masters fees for Home students

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Masters fees for UK Home students 2021-2022 and 2022-2023

If you're an Essex graduate or studied abroad here, you could be eligible for our alumni loyalty discount. We also offer a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to make funding your studies easier.

We'll assess your fee status when you apply to Essex and you can contact us to enquire about your fee status.

If you are successful in gaining an offer, your fee status will be confirmed in your offer letter.

Where can I find details of course fees for each course?

Our individual course pages provide details of the course fees for all courses, including whether the amount shown is a fee for the entire course, an annual fee or a modular fee. To search for your course, use our Course Finder search tool.

Annual fee changes

For students commencing their studies at the University of Essex for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years, your fees will increase by up to 5% for each academic year of study. This is subject to review for each subsequent academic year.

Our fees enable us to provide a high-quality educational experience, to invest in teaching, services and facilities, and to increase our investment in widening participation, access and student opportunity. We publish information on how we use your fees.

Part-time fees

Part-time fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis from the course's full-time fee.

If you take a one-year Masters on a part-time basis over two years, you'll pay half of the course's fee in your first year. In your second year you'll pay half of the full-time fee for that year, which may by different to the fee in your first year.

Funding your studies

Postgraduate Loans

A Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the Government can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master’s course.

Check out our postgraduate loan page for more information.

Scholarships and Bursaries 

At Essex we offer a number of scholarships and bursaries available to Master's students that you may be eligible for, including international country specific awards and those specific to EU students.

You can also use the Scholarship Finder to narrow it down.

US Direct loans

If you're from the United States, you may be eligible for a federal direct loan from the US Department of Education.

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How to pay

Find our tuition fee payment policies and information on how you can pay your tuition fees.